From its introduction, the Audi TT range has blazed new trails in styling and sportiness for Audi, and despite the fact that it's nearing the end of its current generation, the hot TT RS and last year's updates to the range as a whole have kept the lifeblood flowing within the sporty TT coupe and roadster. For the 2013 model year, the Audi TT range carries forward unchanged from 2012.
The big change last year was the introduction of the TT RS, a 360-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder powerhouse with a manual gearbox and sport-tuned suspension. Upgraded brakes, a new Haldex quattro all-wheel drive system, and a raucous exhaust note are all ready to play on the track, though it's quite well-suited to the daily grind as well. A top speed of 174 mph and 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds put the Audi TT RS in very good sports car company.
For those with a bit less taste for the extremes of performance, the Audi TTS Coupe gets to 60 mph in a still very brisk 4.9 seconds, and all of the TT and TTS models score a respectable 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. That's despite the power differential between the two: the TT is rated at 211 horsepower and the TTS is rated at 265 hp. Both come with a standard six-speed automated manual DSG gearbox. Nimble handling are a family trait, though the steering lacks some of the feel of other higher-end sports cars.
In terms of daily comfort, the Audi TT Coupe and Roadster are both very good up front--plenty of head and leg room for even tall drivers, and well-shaped, supportive seats. The back seat is little more than a parcel shelf, however. Cargo space is rather good for a sports car, even on the Roadster, as the insulated folding soft top doesn't steal much space.
For the full details, including pictures, specs, and related news, visit The Car Connection's 2013 Audi TT review, and for the high-performance TT RS, read our first drive report.